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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

What's Happening Today

* Today at 2:00 p.m.: State of our Union: Insights from Political Science – An American Politics Panel Discussion

Through a collaboration with the Patricia H. Snyder Lecture Series and the Department of Law, Politics, and Society, UE presents a panel discussion today at 2:00 p.m. in recognition of President Tom Kazee’s career as both president and political scientist:

State of our Union: Insights from Political ScienceAn American Politics Panel Discussion
2:00 p.m., Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center, University of Evansville

  • Dr. Robert Dion, Chair, Department of Law, Politics and Society, University of Evansville
  • Dr. Marvin Overby, Professor, American Politics, University of Missouri
  • Dr. Patrick Sellers, Professor, Political Science, Davidson College

Kazee will moderate the panel discussion and contribute his own personal insights as a political scientist. Professors Overby and Sellers are well-regarded scholars of American politics as well as former students of Kazee.

This is one session in a day-long series of events both on campus and in the community. Learn more about the full day of events online here

* TONIGHT: Snyder Lecture Series to Feature Senator Lugar and President Kazee

The University of Evansville will present a keynote conversation between former Indiana Senator Richard Lugar and UE President Thomas A. Kazee for the Spring 2018 Patricia H. Snyder Concert and Lecture Series TONIGHT at 7:00 p.m.

The conversation, titled “State of our Union: Making Sense of Current Affairs,” will be held in Eykamp Hall within Ridgway University Center on the UE campus and doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public and guests will be seated on a first-come first-served basis. Reserve your seat online here. 

This event is presented in partnership with the University of Evansville Department of Law, Politics, and Society as part of an all-day series of current events and political science events and discussions, in honor of the retirement of Dr. Thomas Kazee and his academic career as a political scientist.

The Patricia H. Snyder Concert and Lecture Series was made possible in 1997 through an endowment from the late Patricia H. Snyder, trustee and longtime friend of University, to bring speakers or performers of renown to Evansville at no cost to the public.

Find this event on Facebook for updates and reminders. 

For event questions, please contact

* This Week in Music: Scholars for Syria, Jazz Society, and Student Recitals

Scholars for Syria Presents Mariela Shaker, violin

Thursday, March 22, 7:00 p.m., Wheeler Concert Hall
The University of Evansville Department of Music, Scholars for Syria, and Friends of UE Music invite you to join them in an evening of music and humanity! Guest artist and Syrian violinist Mariela Shaker performs a recital with UE faculty pianist professor Garnet Ungar.

Mariela Shaker is from Aleppo, Syria, and she started playing the violin at the age of 10. She left Syria at age 22 in 2013 after receiving a scholarship to study music performance at Monmouth College in Illinois, and was later awarded a full scholarship for her master’s in music performance at DePaul University.

In June 2015, Mariela performed at the Kennedy Center and was named a Champion of Change for World Refugees by President Obama. Recent engagements also include the International Rescue Committee to perform for Queen Rania of Jordan in 2016.

Mariela will receive the Anne Frank Award and perform at their gala in New York City in June 2018. She has also been performing and speaking with UNHCR worldwide as a high-profile supporter.

This talented artist uses music to build bridges, promote peace, and raise awareness for the plight of the Syrian people, using her music and her voice to support her fellow refugees in need. Her performance at UE will be followed by a presentation on advocacy for refugees. We sincerely hope you can join us for this exciting and enlightening evening of music and humanity!

The program is free and open to the public.

Evansville Jazz Society International Jazz Summit
Sunday, March 25, 4:00pm, Wheeler Concert Hall

On Sunday, March 25, legendary American jazz performer, pianist Phil DeGreg, will present his Jazz Quartet on the Jazz Guest Artist Concert Series. For this concert, Phil and the group will be joined by one of England's most outstanding jazz musicians, saxophonist Alan Barnes. The concert will take place in Wheeler Concert Hall at 4:00 p.m.

A former member of the Woody Herman Orchestra, Phil DeGreg has long been regarded as one of the most outstanding jazz pianists. A graduate of the University of North Texas and a long-time faculty member at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Phil has collaborated with all the major jazz artists of recent decades. He is highly respected as a soloist, leader, and recording artist.

Alan Barnes is widely recognized as one of England's most influential jazz artists. He has led his groups in more than 30 recordings, and is in demand all over the European continent.

The concert is sponsored by the Evansville Jazz Society and the University of Evansville. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for Evansville Jazz Society members, and $5 for students.

This promises to be one of the most exciting performances ever presented on this long-standing concert series.

Student Recitals
March 24, 2:30 p.m., Wheeler – Amanda Mackey (violin)

March 24, 4:00 p.m., Wheeler – Emily Magary (violin)

Submitted by James Sullivan


Upcoming Events

* Palm Sunday Worship in Neu Chapel

The campus community is invited to observe Palm Sunday this Sunday at 11:00 a.m. in Neu Chapel. Together, we will recount the last days of Jesus. There will be beautiful music featuring the Neu Chapel organs. All are welcome to observe this sacred day of the Christian year. As always, coffee and donuts will be available before and after the service!

Submitted by Keith Turner

* Film critic to speak on film and culture: Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

The Neu Chapel Community is excited to welcome Jim Hunter, professor of writing at USI and film critic for WEHT, for a special conversation on film and culture this Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Hunter will discuss how film has effectively challenged various cultural preconceptions and misunderstandings and have offered new ways of understanding and acceptance. This important conversation will be held in the second floor gallery of Ridgway University Center. All are welcome and invited to attend!

Submitted by Keith Turner 

* Study abroad info session and pizza party today

An ISEP representative will be on campus today - Monday, March 26 - to talk about study abroad opportunities for UE students. We are having a pizza party information session at 5:00 p.m. in Room 273, Schroeder School of Business Building. If you are considering going abroad through ISEP or just want to learn more, come join us! We hope to have students who have already applied through ISEP at the event as well so they can answer any questions you have too. RSVP for the event here.

Submitted by Greta Becker 

* Promotion and Tenure Committee open forum with candidates

The Promotion and Tenure Committee will hold an open forum on Thursday, March 22, at 4:00 p.m. in the Vectren Boardroom of the Schroeder School of Business Building. Committee members will answer questions about the promotion/tenure process and offer suggestions to those applying in the 2018-19 academic year. Candidates, their chairs, and all interested faculty are invited to attend. 

* Dinner and Discussion welcomes Kairon Unfried

The Newman Center welcomes Kairon Unfried today at 5:00 p.m. for her talk on "God Winks". All are welcome and dinner will be provided!

Submitted by Breanne Buerster

* Snacks and Scribes

Come and join BiSci Club on Thursday, March 22 at 6:00 p.m. in KC 203 to learn about being a physassist medical scribe!

Submitted by Kelly Nixon

* Engineering Excellence Day

Want to check out what The College of Engineering has been up to? Come to the first floor of Ridgway University Center on Saturday, March 24 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00p.m. and see what we've got! You'll get to check out senior projects and legacy projects, talk to the people behind the scenes, and hang out and have some refreshments with some of the engineers as they discuss what they are passionate about.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Amanda Aders at We hope to see you there for a great time on UE's Annual Engineering Excellence Day.

Amanda Aders

* I-House Uruguay

Please join us this evening at 7:00 p.m., upstairs in Ridgway University Center for an I-House presentation on Uruguay. Ignacio Benitez will be presenting. We hope to see you there!

Submitted by Alexis Whitacre

* After-the-auction sale today

The Office of Safety and Security will be having an after-the-auction sale for items that were not picked up, or were left over from the sale. The sale will be today - March 21 - from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., in Ridgway University Center lobby.

Submitted by Carol Blair

* Informal Spanish conversation

Spanish students of all levels are welcome to practice with Fulbright Spanish TA Ignacio Benítez. The next session will be Thursday, March 22 at 1:00 p.m. in Room 400, Olmsted Administration Hall. It’s a wonderful opportunity to interact informally in Spanish with a native speaker and to meet other students of Spanish. Please contact Ignacio at if you have any questions. ¡Nos vemos!

Submitted by Ignacio Benitez

* Rosary Prayer at 10:00 a.m. on Thursdays

The Newman Club will be offering a 20-minute rosary prayer every Thursday at 10:00 a.m. in the Center for Academic Advising in the Clifford Memorial Library. Students and faculty are welcome. For more information, contact Olivia at

Submitted by Carly Walker


Info You Should Know

* Volleyball summer camps set for July

University of Evansville volleyball camps make their return to Meeks Family Fieldhouse this summer. Several options are available for various age and skill levels.

To sign up for any of the camps, click here:

 If you have any questions, please e-mail

“I am excited to bring back our summer camp sessions. After taking a break last summer due to gym renovations, we are ready to host this coming July,” Purple Aces head coach Manolo Concepcion said.  “My favorite aspect about this year’s edition is that it includes options for multiple populations (elementary, middle, and high school), as well as skill, position, and college focused development.”

All-Skills Camp (K-6th grade)
Dates: July 16-17 from 8:00 a.m.-noon
Price: $95

This camp will be focused on teaching players entering Kinder to 8th grade the essential volleyball skills in order to become mechanically efficient by emphasizing on technical training. The main goal is to give individual attention to each camper. For each camp, participants will be placed into groups of similar experience and skill, making sure that all campers are able to maximize their potential in accordance to their development phase and age.

College Prep Camp (9th-12th grade)
Dates: July 16-17 from 1:00-6:00 p.m.
Price: $115

This camp is designed for high school players aspiring to play at the college level. Advanced individual skills and elite game-like drills will be the main focus of this camp. The main goal is to give individual attention to each camper and provide them with a college-level perspective of the game. For each camp, participants will be placed into groups of similar experience and skill, making sure that all campers are able to maximize their potential in accordance to their development phase and age.

All-Skills Camp (7th-12th grade)
Dates: July 18-19 from 8:00 a.m.-noon
Price: $95

This camp will be focused on teaching players entering 9th to 12th grade the essential volleyball skills in order to become mechanically efficient by emphasizing on technical training. The main goal is to give individual attention to each camper. For each camp, participants will be placed into groups of similar experience and skill, making sure that all campers are able to maximize their potential in accordance to their development phase and age.

Serving, Passing, Digging Camp (6th-12th grade)
Dates: July 18 from 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Price: $55

This camp is designed for players looking to improve their serve-receive, defense, and serving skills through technical and tactical focus. Campers will receive a high volume of repetitions through individual and small group drills.

Setting Camp (6th-12th grade)
Dates: July 19 from 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Price: $55

This camp is designed for fundamental skill development at the setting position. Setters will focus on technical/tactical aspects through position-specific training and high volume of repetitions.

As a reminder, the GMS Coaches Clinic is also being held in Evansville this summer, click here for more information:

* Swim Lessons

Get ready for the summer!

Swim lessons taught by our trained UE swimmers will start back up on Monday, April 2 and continue through Thursday, April 26.

Due to the limited pool space, and high demand of swimming lessons, we have decided to change the schedule in order to have more coaches on deck for the younger levels. It also allows more lanes for older levels that are wanting to train for the summer.

Mondays and Wednesdays:
4:00-4:30 p.m. - Levels 1, 2 and 3
4:30-5:00 p.m. - Levels 1, 2 and 3

Tuesday and Thursdays:
4:00-5:00 p.m. - Level 4 & 5
5:00-5:30 p.m.: Levels 1, 2, 3

We are aware of how many parents are struggling to make the 4:30 p.m. slot, and so we have added a later slot for extra pool space, as well as added attention on younger swimmers in the pool. We also are possibly opening up a 45-minute slot on a Saturday if some are interested in three times a week.

As usual, we will only require sign-up for new comers on the day of their first lesson. All you will need to do is e-mail Emma Forbes at and you will put you down for the days you desire. The price for the four-week session will still be $85 for the twice a week.

If you have any questions about what level your child may be, please contact Forbes at and she can help you. If you have a problem with the level schedule, we may be able make an accommodation for you. Please let any competitive swimmers know that we would love them to join the Aquatic Aces!

Submitted by Emma Jayne Forbes-Milne

* Men's Basketball Student Attendance Survey

Attention students - please take the following survey on your experience attending UE men's basketball games:

Responding to this survey will help us improve the overall game experience and support for the team.

Submitted by Scott Peace

* UE Theatre holding campus-wide auditions for "It Can't Happen Here"

Casting Call: Auditions open to ALL.

The University of Evansville Department of Theatre is hosting a reading of "It Can’t Happen Here" by Sinclair Lewis and John Moffitt. This play follows a politician who defeats FDR by promising a return to patriotism and traditional values and ultimately creates a totalitarian administration based on fear and intimidation.

Not a theatre major? No worries! This opportunity is open to ALL members of the campus community. Come audition for a chance to perform with associate professor of history Daniel Byrne, Annie Stenftenagel, and Ryan De Hoff.

Directed by 2001 UE Theatre alumna Amy Attaway, participants will engage in an accelerated rehearsal process on March 24 and 25, join a special event on March 26, and perform for the campus on March 27.

When: Saturday, March 24, 10:00 a.m.
Where: Hyde 124
What to Prepare: Be ready to read sides (scenes) from the play

When: Saturday, March 24, 3:00–7:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 25, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and 2:00-6:00 p.m.
Where: Hyde 124

Pre-Show Event: "Happening Here! An Interactive Event"
When: Monday, March 26, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Where: Eykamp 251, Ridgeway University Center

When: Tuesday, March 27, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Shanklin Theatre

Pre-Show Event Details
"Happening Here! An Interactive Event" Based on the play by Sinclair Lewis and John Moffitt, "It Can’t Happen Here"

Do today’s political arguments frustrate you? Are you longing for opportunities to explore multiple points of view about the health of our democracy? Join us for two events organized by UE students who are dedicated to encouraging civic engagement and creating dialogue through theatre.

Presented in conjunction with a reading of "It Can’t Happen Here," the first event (Happening Here!) will provoke dialogue about current events without ever focusing on Donald Trump or Nancy Pelosi. Instead, we will look at our own opinions through the lens of a fictional version of history in which an underdog candidate wins an election and uses fear and intimidation to create a totalitarian administration. Meet the real-life characters who inspired the play. Learn from experts - including President Kazee and your favorite professors - who can help us talk to each other about the similarities and differences between that fictional world and our own. And, of course, win prizes!

And, if you return to hear the reading of the play on Tuesday, March 27, you may even win a bigger prize.

Submitted Sharla Cowden

* BIOL 100 online

Are you interested in taking a non-major’s biology course with a lab this summer to fulfill one of your scientific literacy general education requirements? Then take BIOL 100 D01 – Fundamentals of Biology during Summer I (May 14-June 16). Please contact Dale Edwards at for more details.

Submitted by Dale Edwards

* Grads - Got your Cap & Gown Yet?

May graduates are reminded to purchase their cap and gown for May's Graduation as soon as possible at the UE Bookstore.

Those graduating with a masters or doctoral gown should contact the Bookstore immediately as those items are custom made.

Graduation announcements can also be purchased in the UE Bookstore. 

Submitted by: Doug Gustwiller

* Faculty Regalia Rentals

Faculty who need regalia rented for May's graduation should contact the UE Bookstore as soon as possible. Rental orders will be sent to the rental agency soon. 

Submitted by: Doug Gustwiller

* EXSS Career Forum Tomorrow

The EXSS Club and Career Development are putting on the annual EXSS Career Forum tomorrow, Wednesday, March 21.

The forum will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in Room 170 (Smythe Lecture Hall), Schroeder Family School of Business Building.

There will be panelists from different organizations in our area who will come to share their experiences. This event will be a great opportunity for everyone who would like to make acquaintances with the local health care professionals.

Students are expected to RSVP as soon as possible here.

Attendees are asked to dress business-casual. All EXSS students are advised to attend.

Submitted by: Aimee Savoie

* Attention students and Advisors: GAP has a new name!

Students registering for fall GAP classes should look for CHNG in the registration system or when talking with advisors. GAP is now ChangeLab. Courses available for fall can be found at Questions? Contact Erin Lewis at EL131 

* Harlaxton stoles in bookstore

The UE Bookstore now stocks Harlaxton graduation stoles that you can purchase if so desired. They sell for $30. We suggest you purchase early for graduation as stock may be limited.

Submitted by Doug Gustwiller 

* Outstanding Senior Service Award nominations

Do you know a senior deserving of the highest award given by UE? Ten finalists will be honored at a luncheon in May and one male and one female will be given this award at commencement. Selection is based on academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, and potential for future contribution to society.

The Guthrie May and Mabel Dillingham Nenneker Outstanding Senior Service Awards nominations will be accepted March 12-April 3. 

You can nominate deserving seniors by sending an e-mail to the student or students you wish to nominate using the following format:

TO: _______________________ 
Subject: You have been nominated for the Outstanding Senior Service Award

Dear ________________
I have nominated you for the Guthrie May and Mabel Dillingham Nenneker Outstanding Senior Service Award. This is one of the highest awards given to students by the University of Evansville. Ten finalists will be honored at a luncheon in May and one male and one female will be given this award at commencement. Selection is based on academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, and potential for future contribution to society.

To accept this nomination please go to this link:

You will be asked to provide a personal statement and upload a current copy of your resume.

Applications must be submitted to the Office of the Dean of Students by April 3.

Questions can be referred to Dana Clayton at  812-488-2500. 


Please copy on all forms that you forward to your nominees.

Applications must be submitted to the Office of the Dean of Students by April 3.

Submitted by Carleen Barnes

* Today is the deadline to sign up for UE Gives Back Spring

The deadline to sign up for UE Gives Back Spring - a campus wide day of volunteering - is TODAY, March 20. The event is set to take place on Saturday, March 24. You can sign up as a team or individual through Get Connected. And you get a free T-shirt!

Any questions can be directed to Jackie Luedtke at or 812-488-1115.

Submitted by Jackie Luedtke



* Strobel awarded fellowship

Associate professor Heidi Strobel has been awarded this year’s Yale Center for British Art American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies’ Library Fellowship. Strobel will be in residency at the Yale Center for British Art from mid-July to mid-August 2018. She will use the time to research and continue writing "The Art of Mary Linwood: Embroidery, Installation, and the Popular Picturesque," which will be published by Bloomsbury in early 2019. 

* Solar Fuel Grant Proposal receives grant

UE employees Shannon Bryant and Julie Wilson are students in the University’s Adult Studies-Organizational Leadership program and were assigned a capstone project to culminate their learning experiences from the program. The project’s goal was to contribute to the University through energy management. Recently, Bryant and Wilson were excited to learn that they have been awarded the Siemen’s Environmental Grant from UE’s Environmental Sustainability Committee. Their Solar Fuel initiative will soon become a reality here on campus!

Bryant and Wilson have common interests in researching ideas in which campus could utilize more green systems, if only in a small way. They feel that there is value in UE showing our community that energy sustainability is important.

After meeting with various department heads in strategic areas, the two focused on realistic needs that would have the likelihood of becoming a reality. Their proposal was to start transitioning the maintenance golf carts to battery operated golf carts through solar power.

Golf carts are a needed convenience for the recycling and maintenance crews on campus. Gradually transitioning from the gas operated carts to battery would have multiple benefits to UE and the community. Not only would this help to cut down on the purchase of fuels over time, but this also would eliminate carbon emissions. Also, noise pollution would be reduced on campus walkways and paths. 

* Paul Bone publishes poem

Creative writing professor Paul Bone recently published a poem, "And the Elder Shall Serve the Younger," in the winter issue of The Hopkins Review. You can read the poem here


Thank You

* Thanks to the Campus Community for making Nerd Wars a success!

Thank you for making our Honors Program Nerd Wars event a success! Attendees and spectators enjoyed fun and food sponsored by funds from the Student Government Association.

Prizes were awarded to the winning student team, We Have The High Ground, and the winning faculty/administrator/staff team, Army Ants.

The Nerd Wars trophy grand prize went to Army Ants, the team with the most total points. The $650 generated from the event will be used for Honors Program community service initiatives.

Nerd Wars Winning Teams

Submitted by Aditi Sood


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